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I like Marvel movies, I do, but they tend to stick to a certain formula when making its origin movies, or really making any movies for that matter. That being said there’s this undeniable force behind the movies that keep bringing me back time and time again: The movies have the ability to seamlessly blend humor, wit, charm, action, and amazing special effects. And they are always impeccable with the casting.

Marvel’s
ANT MAN

Directed By: Peyton Reed
Starring: Paul Rudd, Michael Douglas, Corey Stoll, Evangeline Lilly, Michael Peña, Bobby Cannavale,
Judy Greer, Patrick Wilson, David Dastmalchian, Anthony Mackie

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So okay, the plot is a little iffy, the whole “rag-tag, Ocean’s 11, steal an important relic but not before a big training montage” has been done to death. And there are many looming plot problems that put the entire story line into question (but I won’t spoil it, lest it be like that time on Big Bang Theory when Amy ruined the entire plot of Indiana Jones for Sheldon). Plus there’s a complete lack of a big female presence thing, except for Evangeline Lily who is awesome, but could really use another woman to talk to.

However, despite all these things there is one big thing in Ant Man that makes the movie worth watching even if none of the rest interests you. No, it’s not Paul Rudd’s undeniable self-deprecating charm, it’s not the incredible attention to detail in the “shrinking” special effects (that bathtub scene is so awesome), nor is it the awesome action sequences such as Hawkeye and Ant-Man battling it out. The thing, or rather person that makes Ant-Man worth watching is Michael Peña.

Michael Peña plays Luis, Scott Lang’s (Paul Rudd) partner-in-crime friend. But Peña manages to take the terms “goofy sidekick” to a whole other level. Luis is full of joy, even if things are going absolutely terrible in his life. Perpetually stoned, everything that comes out of his mouth is hilarious. But the thing that works is that you don’t write Luis off as just a goof-ball, you genuinely like the dude. And that is the genius of Michael Peña. Luis is not just comic relief, he’s much more.

AAAGGHHH! The Latino actor reacts pretty much how everyone reacts when they see a bug on their shoulder

We have to remember Ant-Man is the origin movie. It’s the TV equivalent to a pilot meaning there is room to grow. Now that we know the characters, now that we know his backstory, we can be launched into some exciting adventures. I can’t wait to see Paul Rudd and Ant-Man integrated into the MCU, Captain America: Civil War, and Avengers. Because we all know that the Marvel movies work best when all their characters are together.

Rating: 3 ½ out of 5 stars

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There aren’t too many places you can go when making a thriller on an airplane. Literally. And, not literally. Reminiscent of movies like Red Eye, Flightplan and Air Force One, Non-Stops biggest problem was that it wasn’t very believable.

 

Non-Stop
Directed By: Juame Collet-Serra
Starring: Liam Neeson, Julianne Moore, Nate Parker, Scoot McNairy, Michelle Dockery, Lupita Nyong’o, Shea Whigham, Corey Stoll

Premise: While on an international flight to London, U.S. Marshal Bill Marks receives a series of mysterious text messages from an unknown sender. It announces that every 20 minutes someone will be killed unless 150 million dollars is wired into an account. Through a series of unfortunate events the clues Marks finds point to him as the threat.

 

What The Movie Did Well:

The “Bad Guy” Was A Mystery – Early on, was a small comment made by one of the characters in the movie that had me convinced as to who the villain was. And in movies like this you always look for that twist. And you pat yourself on the back when you are right because you saw it coming. Well, to be honest, I didn’t see that coming, so that was a pleasant surprise. And another surprise was that the motivation of the “bad guy” had weight. It made sense. It’s something that could happen today. (I’m leaving it cryptic on purpose…you’re welcome.)

It Built Suspense – Whether it was trying to figure out who on the plane was behind all this, to waiting to see how Marks was going to get himself out of these unfortunate situations, the movie kept the tension high. Whether or not the circumstances were believable didn’t matter all that much because I just wanted to see what was going to happen. Oftentimes writers write themselves into a corner that they can’t get out of, but this movie seemed to use it as a challenge instead of as a way to hold them back. “How many corners can we write ourselves into to?”

What the Movie Didn’t Do Well

Many Of The Plot Points Were Unoriginal – Flightplan, Red Eye, Air Force One, (and there was a Lifetime movie with Lacey Chabert and Drew Seely by the same name and I watched — and by watch I mean fastforward through the boring parts —  it before I saw this movie so that didn’t help matters either…) basically, if there was a movie that happened on a plane, chances are various plot points were in those films made an appearance in this movie. I mean, for once. can the “hero” not be accused of being the villain or being crazy? Or if this is the case, than make them so. Now there’s a twist, someone one get me a pen!

It Was Too Implausible – Wouldn’t you make yourself less of a spectacle by clueing other people in? Wouldn’t you seem less crazy if you acted less crazy? After such a big threat would the cockpit really open their doors again even if it was for someone they knew? Would the plane really get access to news stations? Does there always have to be the “typical terrorist”? Would taking a plane hostage for money even work now? Is the government really that quick to judge and leave everyone on their own? So. Many. Questions.

Build Character – Every character seemed to be a stereotype instead of their own person, and when they had a chance to show their true colors they were easily swayed one way or another. And some characters just didn’t make sense at all. I literally thought to myself, “What are they doing in this group?” There was no one to root for and I found myself getting more and more frustrated with Marks as the movie went on.

Basically, I wish this movie took more creative liberties. Instead it felt like a bunch of other movies. With the exception of Air Force One, airplane hostage movies rarely work. Even Red Eye took them off the plane eventually. You can Redbox this one. Sorry, Liam Neeson, I’m not taken with this movie. (See what I did there? Yeah you did.)

Rating: C-